I am a fully-qualified professional teacher with almost 30 years of teaching and tutoring experience, both in the UK and abroad. I regard myself as a friendly and approachable tutor, as well as honest and conscientious, and I pride myself on being able to communicate with students of all ages, from pre-teen to pensioner.
I am the father of two young boys, and we live in the Sutton area. My wife and I successfully tutored our sons for Sutton's grammar schools, and they are now happy to be working hard at WCGS. My hobbies are limited to reading these days, as there seems to be no time for much else, and I am particularly fond of English Literature. Dickens and Hardy are two of my favourites, but I am also keen on modern and less serious writers, such as Tom Sharpe and the two Rankins - Robert and Ian.
I have recently finished teaching part-time at an independent school in Sutton. I am now available for tutoring English (11+, 13+, GCSE, A-level, IELTS) plus Spanish, Economics, and Government & Politics (GCSE, A-level) in the borough of Sutton and close by. However, I am always prepared to consider neighbouring areas, if travelling time is reimbursed.
I am happy to report that all but one of my 15 Eleven Plus tutees passed the SET (Selective Eligibility Test) for Sutton's grammar schools last September. My GCSE and A-level students also passed with grades from B to A* (7-9).
Most recently I have taught English at an independent school in Sutton, and previous to that I taught Academic Writing for East Anglia University for several years. Overall I have taught and tutored English and other subjects (including IGCSE, EFL and IELTS) at colleges and schools in Spain, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Abu Dhabi and in the UK since 1989. I have worked as a private tutor ever since I started teaching, as I realised that the existing state and private education providers could not meet the demand for high-quality intensive tuition.
The majority of my tutoring is for English, especially the 11+ and Common Entrance exams. In fact, I tutored my own sons through these exams, and they are now both enjoying themselves (or so I believe!) at WCGS. In addition, I provide tutoring and interview coaching for the local independent schools. I also tutor regularly for Spanish, Economics, P&G and English at GCSE and A-level.
I also provide individual tutoring in ESSAY WRITING and STUDY SKILLS, as my experience has taught me that many students at GCSE and A-level face real problems in these areas. By working together on your essays, substantial improvements can be made in style, organisation, argument, presentation, and much more. This way, I can teach you how produce more effective and mature essays, and thus help you to obtain better grades and increase your confidence in producing written work.
With every tutee I carry out an initial assessment of his/her needs and abilities, and my teaching begins from there. Typically I work on improving their weaknesses and consolidating their strengths, and this essentially involves them producing high-quality homework on a regular basis. I use both established published materials and those that I have created myself over the years. This approach appears to be successful, and I can provide references.
Over the past eight years I have successfully tutored students for the following schools and universities:
Schools: Sutton Grammar, Wilsons, Wallington County, Wallington High, Nonsuch, Whitgift, Trinity, Wimbledon High, Kings School, City of London, Westminster, Epsom College, Ewell Castle, and several others.
Universities: Manchester, Warwick, City, East Anglia, St Martins, Lincoln, Kings, UCL, Nottingham, Bournemouth, and several others.
Please note that my fees are very affordable, bearing in mind that I travel to your house and offer a personalised tutoring programme.
I now charge between £35 and £45 per hour, depending on subject and level.
Nowadays 75- and 90-minute lessons are a popular option, and these are priced at a discount.
NB: Any tutoring that involve more than 6 miles travel (round trip) usually incurs a small extra charge.
If you are looking for a fully-qualified and highly-experienced teacher of English, in all its varieties, you need look no further. Here are a few messages from some of my most recent successful tutees:
Hello Jeff, I just got my IELTS results and I FINALLY passed it! Listening 8, Reading 7.5, Writing 7, Speaking 7.5 and it's 7.5 overall. I would like to THANK you sooooo MUCH for your help and all advice you have given me! It would not be possible otherwise. (Vanja)
Sam got into Wilsons and we are pretty sure that his English performance carried him through. Sam said we ought to say 'thanks' to you as you made a massive difference to his standard of English in a very short period of time. Not sure how, but you made something click in his brain where his school teachers had failed! (Cathy)
Hi Jeff, hope you are well. I am extremely delighted to tell you that Rick has a place at Westminster, and we are going ahead with that. He has also had offers from HABS, KCS and RGS Guildford. Thank you so much for all your support. (Animesh)
Hi Jeff, just to let you know that Dillon got a place at Sutton Grammar on Monday. He also received places at Whitgift, Trinity and Epsom. We have decided to accept Sutton Grammar, and thank you for all your help and time.
Thanks - Paulomi and Dillon.
Dear Jeff! Thanks you so much for tutoring me last year. You have helped my English greatly and without your advice and guidance I would have had a nervous breakdown when I was given the task of an essay. You taught me about causal connectives, signpost words, paragraph structure and much more vital strategies of writing an amazing essay.
Finally, I am happy that I got a place at Wilsons and know I would have faled the English language test without what you taught me. I am very grateful that you gave up your time to help me pass.
Yours Sincerely, Makar
Hi Jeff, I hope you're well. I just wanted to let you know that Andriy got offered a place at Whitgift and we have accepted it. Thank you very much for helping and recommending this great school to us. Andriy is really excited about it and cannot wait to start.
|Languages||English (British), Russian, Spanish, French, Portuguese|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Sheffield Hallam University||1997||Professional||DELTA / Postgrad ESOL Diploma|
|Wolverhampton University||1994||PGCE||PGCE (English/ESL and Spanish)|
|Kingston Polytechnic||1989||Bachelors||BA (Hons) Spanish & Political Science|
|Humberside Polytechnic||1991||Professional||Diploma in Technical Authorship & Communications|
|Unpublished feedback (Usually negative)||1|